Family was spiking food with Citalopram after recovery from depression

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Hiya all,

I suffered a bout of depression in 2014 which lasted a few months caused by issues at home. At the time i was on a 20mg dosage of Citalopram once a day which lasted until i started to feel better down the line, which i put down to the drug mainly it really did work wonders for me. I came off it properly as discussed with my GP who advised dropping to 1 tablet every other day for a month before stopping completely. All was well, i still felt great and was doing well after i stopped.

Within the month, i seemed to start to slowly regress again. I started to feel mentally exhausted, easily agitated and get angry over small things. I would feel dizzy at times too and fainted on one occasion which was unusual for me. It created huge problems in my personal life. 

Fast forward to today, i have found my family were spiking my food with my meds which has led me to wonder if this was creating the issues i was having and whether it kept me in a state of withdrawal. I would visit them every other weekend mainly, so a 20mg dosage at least although it could have been more depending on how many tablets they used, spread 4 times over 2 days, this went on for months. Occasionally i was there more frequently than every other weekend too. I'm in a good place again mentally and have stopped all contact with them for a while now and intend to keep it that way. 

Could the meds have been causing me to feel how i was?

Any advice would be appreciated!

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    It's difficult for an outsider to say, but I'd be more inclined to think this was the normal result of stopping the medication. That was a fairly rapid withdrawal that your doctor suggested. Withdrawal from all antidepressants is very difficult, and it can be an up-and-down business, with symptoms kicking in some time after stopping.

    I'm glad to hear you're in a good place again. Do you think it might be better to stay with that and move on, rather than raking over old grievances with your family, however justified they might be?

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      Hi there, I should have clarified in my post, when i began to feel better i first went to my GP who advised staying on the medication for a further month and seeing how i fare during this time. As i was still in a good place after that period, i then went again and this is when the withdrawal plan began, which also went very well. I know i should have mentioned this in my OP unfortunately i was too hasty! But yes i totally hear your point on moving on and maybe it was still too rapid smile
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    Hi b

    definitely this could be the cause as your brain was getting citalopram 2 days then none for 5 days. The brain requires a steady dose. It would have definitely caused an imbalance in your brain, leaving you feeling in total disarray.

    I am so sorry to hear this, it seems very cruel. You must of felt dreadful over this period. I am glad you are feeling better. I think you are very right to keep away for a while. If you do visit, be careful when eating or drinking. In fact I suggest take your own drink and don't eat!

    I would also advise you to let your family know, that their actions have had a detrimental impact on your health. Antidepressants cannot be messed about with.

    really feel for you, this is a terrible thing to happen to you.

    god bless ♥♥

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      Hi Lorraine. Yes i have decided to stay away from them all permanently as this is the best possible thing for me. Thank you for the well wishes smile
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    it looks to me your body was being used as a chemical reactor and couldent cope

    was it just citalaphram they spiked it with or was it a mixture of drugs

    was there aim to make you happy while you where there becaues if it was it woudent work anyway

    i have been on this one and it takes a few days to kick in

    it is cruel, VERY VERY DANGEROUS and and plain idiotic to mess with drugs

    i would let them know you nearly killed you 

    and as previosly said if you do go take your own supplies

    i am glad you feel better though

    keep goinglol 

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    it looks to me your body was being used as a chemical reactor and couldent cope

    was it just citalaphram they spiked it with or was it a mixture of drugs

    was there aim to make you happy while you where there becaues if it was it woudent work anyway

    i have been on this one and it takes a few days to kick in

    it is cruel, VERY VERY DANGEROUS and and plain idiotic to mess with drugs

    i would let them know they nearly killed you 

    and as previosly said if you do go take your own supplies

    i am glad you feel better though

    keep goinglol 

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